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Rider Research

Motorcycle Safety - Rider School

The Rider School is a national leader in motorcycle safety policy and planning.

The Maryland Rider Study
We recently completed a multi-year, motorcycle safety research project under a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

How The Study Was Conducted
HCC sought volunteers to ride their own motorcycles on predefined routes in Howard and Frederick Counties. Riders were observed, scored and videotaped. Three groups were evaluated: an experienced rider control  group, newly trained riders and newly licensed untrained riders. The newly trained and licensed groups were observed twice – at zero and six months of riding.

During the study, we tested key strategies and developed and documented key principles for how to provide rider training in real world conditions on public roads. In addition, we developed a specific protocol for giving operating instructions to vehicle operators.

Results
The research findings are currently pending final review.  Once the results are made public, we will have the nation’s first conclusive measurement of whether rider training is a successful strategy for saving lives. 

Rider School Public Policy Work
Over two days at the end of Feb. 2011, four organizations with an interest in rider safety invited 15 top international experts in advanced rider training to answer a simple question, "If  you wanted to improve regular rider training and reduce crashes, how would you do it?"

The group included racers, track trainers, a scientist, dirt riding experts, best-selling authors and experts in military training and insurance. The discussion was interesting, spirited, jam-packed with ideas and occasionally tense. View the group's recommendations

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